Campus Gamers, a CSUB student organization, will host a 12-hour gaming event in an effort to raise funds for the Children's Miracle Network.
For the last four years, thousands of gamers have convened for Extra Life – a gaming marathon in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Gamers rally friends and family members to sponsor their play. The funds go to help save and improve the lives of kids at the CMN Hospital in their respective communities. In Bakersfield, the CMN Hospital is the Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital.
“Extra Life began with a number of gamers acting independently to raise funds,” says Edward Webb, founder of the Campus Gamers.
“Then people started saying, ‘If you and I are both participating in Extra Life, we should do it together.’ Consequently, events like this began to emerge, promoting greater participation and raising more funds for the cause.”
This event will be the Campus Gamers’ first Extra Life effort which was inspired by the success of a Dance Marathon earlier in the year at CSUB.
Campus Gamers will offer a selection of more than 300 games from which participants may choose including video, board games, card games, music, dance and other physical activities.
In addition, tournament prizes will be available due to the support of Kern County businesses and gaming industry leaders as noted by Webb who stated, “The support from local businesses and game companies such as Harmonix, the maker of the Rock Band and Dance Central games, has been tremendous.”
Extra Life participants from Kern County and the surrounding areas will come together on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the Student Union on campus.
Interested parties may donate or register online at www.extra-life.org for Team CSU Bakersfield. Registration is free of charge with a minimum of $20 in donations raised. Donations will also be accepted at the event. Snacks, beverages and dinner will be provided.